Die for Me by Amy Plum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Goodreads Says: In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.
When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.
Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.
Hmm... Not sure what to make of this book. I finished it last night and tried to think about it all day. I had this read on my TBR list for a while and just recently received the ARC for the second book which is coming out on May 8th. Wanting to read book two before it came out I bumped this one up on my list.
First of all, this cover is RIDUNKULOUS. I love it. I realized I don't speak much about the covers when I write my reviews and am not sure why because it is what first lures me into reading the description of the book. Once I read the description I decide whether I want to really read this book, great cover or not. If I LOVE the book I buy it later on to place on my bookshelf. At any rate, I loved the cover and I really did like the description of the book.
What I liked:
•I really liked the idea of the Revenant and their purpose. I still don't know how to explain what they are. They are not zombies or vampires but definitely are the undead and this is definitely unique in my world.
•Kate and Vincent are the main characters but I have to admit that I found the rest of the Revenants extremely interesting and wanted to learn more about them. I loved the flirtatious Jules and Ambrose was really awesome. The author did a great job writing Ambrose. He felt so familiar and genuine. I really liked Charlotte too. I could relate to her character and feel her anguish in regards to both Charles and Ambrose.
•The unusual connection Kate and Vincent felt towards the end of the book.
What I didn’t like:
•How the story was executed. I just think that it needed more meat, more umph. Kate is the heroine, the lead, and I didn’t get what makes her special. She just felt incomplete.
•The fact that I still don’t know how to explain what a Revenant is. The author has the Revenants explain it to Kate (and us, the readers) and each of them thinks of it in a different way which seems to be contradictory to how the other thinks of it. “We are not zombies.” “We are zombies.” “We wake up.” "We do not wake up. We reanimate.” OMG peeps! Which one is it really?
•It irked me a bit that Vincent kept secrets after Kate found out about the Revenants. It took a very long time to get those secrets out. It was as if the author was trying to prolong it for the sake of prolonging due to no meat. Kate knew about the Revenants so why not just tell her everything when she wanted to know it? The excuse that they didn’t want her to go into shock due to information overload was overdone a bit much. She had already proven that she could handle the information given to her.
•The attraction Vincent felt for Kate...Why? He never really explains why he likes her so much or why he was instantly attracted to her or what about her caught his attention after decades of not being with someone. I guess Vincent was a bit incomplete too in this category but ONLY in this category.
•There is a huge battle at the end and usually there are minor events that take place that are foreboding and although it didn't go down this way there were definitely missed opportunities for it.
I will read the next book because I do think this book had good intentions and I am hoping that the second book will be better. Book two I will read, however, I did appreciate listening to the right French pronunciation of some of the words included in this one.
On to the second one!
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